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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is true about hunting and gathering societies?
(a) They worked more hours in each day than they did farming.
(b) They spent more time hunting than they did in farming.
(c) Many did not adopt crops when they were introduced to them.
(d) All adopted agriculture as soon as introduced.

2. What is not an advantage that the Fertile Crescent had in food production?
(a) It was in the Mediterranean climate.
(b) The area had cool summers and dry winters.
(c) The area was high in rainfall.
(d) There were many plants that could be domesticated.

3. One argument that people have made is that what stimulated development in Western Europe?
(a) The cold climate
(b) The absence of germs
(c) The availability of metals
(d) The amount of sunlight

4. Humans developed on what continent?
(a) Asia
(b) Europe
(c) Africa
(d) Australia

5. Food production meant what to hunting and gathering societies?
(a) Fewer hours of labor each day
(b) Less physical demands
(c) More physical work
(d) More nomadic lifestyles

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following was not a domesticated animal?

2. Which of the following is not poisonous in the wild?

3. Some people feel that explaining why one group dominates another does what?

4. Independent food production began in how many places?

5. What was needed for a society to become involved in food production?

Short Essay Questions

1. What made the spread of Austronesian culture possible?

2. How did the Maori and the Moriori differ?

3. How does food production relate to a greater population?

4. Why did Eurasia have an advantage in the domestication of animals?

5. Why was a north-south axis a disadvantage in the domestication of plants?

6. Why were Europeans able to conquer Africans according to Diamond?

7. How does the shift to sedentary lifestyles change societies?

8. How is the production of food related to the advantages of guns, germs, and steel?

9. Did hunter-gatherers adopt the crops and agriculture from neighboring groups or did invaders bring with them the knowledge and crops?

10. What are the four stages in how diseases are transferred from animals to humans?

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